Stuff by: Steven Ward

of monsters and men
Of Monsters and Men bring their fever dream to the Hollywood Palladium

There was a time when Icelandic rock outfit Of Monsters and Men were being dubbed the next Arcade Fire. With the breakout success of their single “Little Talks” and their penchant for crafting colossal, folk-inclined anthems it was hard to argue with that sentiment at first. But even then the comparison–however much a compliment of […]

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BIIANCO shares trippy video for new single “Rice Crispies” — LA date at Hot Shot Muffler

Operating as the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and producer Gabby Bianco, Los Angeles-based BIIANCO is steeped in the kind of electronic, chill-wave tones that could only be born out of a sleepless city bathed in neon. BIIANCO’s new single “Rice Crispies,” thrives on a thrumming soundscape of moody electronica that’s lent a sensual wonder in Bianco’s […]

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Angelica Garcia says wear your roots in new video for single “JÍCAMA”

In the video for her new single “JÍCAMA”, Angelica Garcia stands with a Mexican flag draped around her shoulders and offers up a lucid command: Wear your roots. A defiant stance in today’s climate of xenophobic attempts to erase immigrant and minority identities woven into American history and culture, Garcia wears the pride she has […]

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gang of youths
Gang of Youths say yes to life at Roxy Theatre show

Wild-eyed and full of manic life, David Le’aupepe moves slowly through the sea of iridescent faces and outstretched arms that have marooned him in their affections. The innards of The Roxy Theatre have hit a fever pitch. And with sweat now dripping from his brow and mane—glistening reminders of the hour he’s just spent dancing […]

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jail weddings
Jail Weddings channel all the best of Smiths-Byrne and their own manic experimentation on Wilted Eden

Having spent a decade honing their sound steeped in the depths of a sub-genre of music they coined as death doo-wop, Los Angeles-based Jail Weddings have returned with their third album in Wilted Eden. To celebrate the new record, the band will play a record release show on Sept. 24 at The Satellite. Mingling all […]

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Fell Runner
Premiere: Fell Runner share whimsical, unsurprisingly dog-filled video for “Dog Inside a Car”

Los Angeles rock quartet Fell Runner have shared the video for their song “Dog Inside a Car,” the off-kilter, guitar chill track off their latest album Talking released earlier this summer. Filmed in the hills near Palmdale and Mt. Emma, CA by Enersto Prieto and directed/edited by Marcus Högsta (Fell Runner bassist), the film hones […]

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Anna V
Anna Vogelzang looks inward for stars on new single “Burning Star”

Wrapped in the gentle allure of her sleek, acoustic melodies, singer/songwriter Anna Vogelzang finds sweet release on her latest single “Burning Star.” Written after a visiting the Infinity Room art installation by Yayoi Kusama at The Broad in Los Angeles, Vogelzang was electrified by the cosmic-side of the sensory experience she underwent—and while driving up […]

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girl in red
girl in red grapples alongside her heart and against her mind on chapter 2 EP

From inside her Norwegian bedroom, 20-year-old Marie Ulven has spent the last year piecing together the vehicle of her musical ambitions—aka her lush, indie-rock creation: girl in red. With the release of her second EP ‘chapter 2’, Ulven has waded into entirely new depths of coy originality and unguarded confessionals. Pushing her DIY take on […]

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Von Sell
Von Sell shares remixed version of his single with thrilling new “Crime of a Scene”

Remixing his own single to give it more of an electro-pop punch, Brooklyn by way of Germany artist Von Sell has unveiled his “Scene of a Crime” remix in the form of new song “Crime of a Scene.” The new version kicks and writhes in all of Sell’s anxieties and fears, bathing them in a […]

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Reyna Tropical
Reyna Tropical pay tribute to the world’s bodies of water and life on sublime new EP Sol Y Lluvia

A sublime blending of Afro-Mexican textures, melodies and reggaeton beats, duo Reyna Tropical have released their second EP Sol Y Lluvia. Dedicated to the “bodies of water and the communities around the world affected, damaged, and polluted by the systems around them,” Sol Y Lluvia finds a certain bliss in its lo-fi mix of stark […]

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Hazel English at Checker Hall
Hazel English waxes lyrical at stripped-down Checker Hall show

Playing acoustic in an upstairs dining hall in Highland Park known as Checker Hall, Australian singer-songwriter Hazel English gave a short but poignant performance to a room of friends and strangers. Amongst the high-stacked glass bottles of alcohol that towered from the bar at the center of the room and the group that had gathered […]

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Beabadoobee
Beabadoobee chases a crush and identity crisis on jangle-rocker “She Plays Bass”

Beabadoobee crafts the kind of infectious, guitar-peddling, bedroom pop that taps into the giddy romantic in us all. Her video for new single “She Plays Bass” finds the seafoam-haired Londoner chasing love and an identity crisis—with a bass playing crush and jangle-rock textures swirling at its center. Glowing and blissfully melancholic, beabadoobee wrestles with her […]

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Electric Youth band
Electric Youth create synth-soundtrack reserved for cinema-sized stories on Memory Emotion

When Electric Youth lent—in collaboration with French artist College—their song “Real Hero” to the Drive soundtrack back in 2011, the song scratched an itch for the kind of lush, synth-pop polished ballads you probably didn’t know you were craving at the time. Long before the heady synthesizer-laden soundtrack and 70-80s nostalgia revival led by shows […]

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